John Tavares, New York Islanders, Heating Up In Fantasy NHL Week 14

Brandon GalvinFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2011

John Tavares, New York Islanders, Heating Up In Fantasy NHL Week 14

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    NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 23:  John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders warms up before playing against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 23, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    In this Week 14 edition of the Fantasy Hot players, sophomore sensation John Tavares of the New York Islanders is starting to show his true potential in this league.

    The Phoenix Coyotes boast two players heating up in fantasy circles and you'll want to make sure both are inserted into your lineups as soon as possible. But which Coyotes are gearing up for the kill?

    Which other players are starting to make noise this week in fantasy?

    Note:  Stats are taken from December 27 to January 3.

Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes Defenseman

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 20:  Keith Yandle #3 of the Phoenix Coyotes waits for a face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 20, 2010 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Yandle was fantastic for his fantasy owners from the defenseman position. He assisted in all categories. He scored one goal on nine shot attempts. He dished out a whopping six assists and was remarkably plus-5 for the week. Excellent fantasy production from a difficult position.

Five More Hot Defenseman

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    NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 31:  Tobias Enstrom #39 of the Atlanta Thrashers skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 31, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Thrashers 3-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    1. Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta Thrashers

    2. Christian Ehrhoff, Vancouver Canucks

    3. Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta Thrashers

    4. Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks

    5. Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

Previous Hot Defenseman

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    DENVER - DECEMBER 27:  Nicklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings warms up prior to facing the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on December 27, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Red Wings defeated the Avalanche 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Doug Pensing
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    Week 2: Jordan Leopold, Buffalo Sabres

    Week 3: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Week 4: Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings

    Week 5: Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks

    Week 6: Mike Green, Washington Capitals

    Week 7: John-Michael Liles, Colorado Avalanche

    Week 8: Kevin Shattenkirk, Colorado Avalanche

    Week 9: Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta Thrashers

    Week 10: Matt Carle, Philadelphia Flyers

    Week 11: Marc Staal, New York Rangers

    Week 12: Ron Hainsey, Atlanta Thrashers

    Week 13: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings

Semyon Varlamov, Washington Capitals Goalie

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 01:  Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Washington Capitals looks on during the 2011 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field on January 1, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Washington won 3-1.  (Photo
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    This Capitals goalie has been on fire recently. He has two wins including one shutout. He has a fantastic save percentage at .983 and an incredible .50 goal against average. Varlamov is currently on a three-game win streak and clearly deserves more playing time so insert him in your lineup as soon as possible.

Five More Hot Goalies

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    ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 02:  Goaltender Jonas Hiller #1 of the Anaheim Ducks makes a save in the second period during the NHL game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Honda Center on January 2, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks defeated the Blackhawks 2-
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    1. Jonas Hiller, Anaheim Ducks

    2. Tomas Vokoun, Florida Panthers

    3. Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks

    4. Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes

    5. Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

Previous Hot Goalies

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 29:  Goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings in action during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on December 29, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    Week 2: Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton Oilers

    Week 3: Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins

    Week 4: Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis Blues

    Week 5: Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins

    Week 6: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

    Week 7: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

    Week 8: Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes

    Week 9: Ondrej Pavelec, Atlanta Thrashers

    Week 10: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

    Week 11: Anders Lindback, Nashville Predators

    Week 12: Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks

    Week 13: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks Left Wing

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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 17:  Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks shoots the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 17, 2010 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    This Sedin tore it up over the past week, claiming to be one of the top fantasy options in the game. He has three’s across the board. Three goals, three assists and plus-3 for the week. Talk about a hat trick for fantasy owners.

Five More Hot Left Wings

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    BOSTON - NOVEMBER 26:  Tuomo Ruutu #15 of the Carolina Hurricanes takes the puck in the second period against the Boston Bruins on November 26, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    1. Tuomo Ruutu, Carolina Hurricanes

    2. Ray Whitney, Phoenix Coyotes

    3. Ryan Smythe, Los Angeles Kings

    4. Zach Boychuk, Carolina Hurricanes

    5. Brenden Marrow, Dallas Stars

Previous Hot Left Wings

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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 17:  Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 17, 2010 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Week 2: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

    Week 3: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

    Week 4: Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens

    Week 5: Raffi Torres, Vancouver Canucks

    Week 6: Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

    Week 7: Jussi Jokinen, Carolina Hurricanes

    Week 8: Rick Nash, Colombus Blue Jackets

    Week 9: Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks

    Week 10: Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Week 11: Ryan Clowe, San Jose Sharks

    Week 12: Michael Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens

    Week 13: Alexandre Burrows, Vancouver Canucks

Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes Right Wing

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 20:  Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 20, 2010 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Doan is finally starting to emerge for the Coyotes and his fantasy owners. Doan is trying to get back to his great 2008-2009 form and is starting to get back on the right track. He took a whopping 23 shots on goal and scored five. He also dished out three assists and remained neutral in the plus/minus category.

Five More Hot Right Wings

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 08:  Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on December 8, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Penguins defeated the Maple Leafs 5-2.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Ge
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    1. Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs

    2. Patric Hornqvist, Nashville Predators

    3. Scottie Upshall, Phoenix Coyotes

    4. Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars

    5. Mark Recchi, Boston Bruins

Previous Hot Right Wings

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11:  Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings looks to center the puck against the Minnesota Wild during the game at the Staples Center on December 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    Week 2: Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks

    Week 3: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

    Week 4: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Week 5: Jeff Carter, Philadelphia Flyers

    Week 6: Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals

    Week 7: Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers

    Week 8: Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames

    Week 9: Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta Thrashers

    Week 10: Danny Briere, Philadelphia Flyers

    Week 11: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

    Week 12: Loui Eriksson, Dallas Stars

    Week 13: Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings

John Tavares, New York Islanders Center

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    UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 26:  John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders skates against the Montreal Canadiens at the Nassau Coliseum on December 26, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Canadiens 4-1.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Ima
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    The sophomore is starting to pick things up for the Islanders. He is filling up the stat categories. He has scored three goals on just nine shot attempts and has also dished out three assists. He is plus-1 for the week.

Five More Hot Centers

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    UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 22:  Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on December 22, 2010 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    1. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

    2. Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

    3. Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks

    4. Brad Richards, Philadelphia Flyers

    5. Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild

Previous Hot Centers

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    DENVER - DECEMBER 27:  Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings warms up prior to facing the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on December 27, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Red Wings defeated the Avalanche 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Doug Pensi
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    Week 2: Derek Roy, Buffalo Sabres

    Week 3: Sidney Crosboy, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Week 4: Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks

    Week 5: Derick Brassard, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Week 6: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

    Week 7: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

    Week 8: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche

    Week 9: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

    Week 10: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

    Week 11: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings

    Week 12: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Week 13: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings